The Iceberg analogy is a reference I use to help clients understand the existence of
pain patterns in their body.
For example, the tip of the iceberg visible above the water represents symptoms (pain) a client easily feels.
However, two-thirds of the iceberg is hidden underwater; and as the Titanic found out, is the biggest threat. This obscured threat represents issues in our bodies which are not easily seen or felt, but are most likely the cause of the symptoms.
So many of my clients are surprised when I massage a certain muscle and it feels tender. They say, “I didn’t know that hurt. Why is that tender?” It’s because there is dysfunction under the surface that your body is trying to handle without alarming you. However, there is only so much the body can take before symptoms start arising.
In order to relieve symptoms long-term, the cause must be addressed. Unfortunately, some clients only get a massage treatment to deal with the pain they are currently experiencing, leaving the underlying problem to surface on a regular basis.
In my sessions, I use assessment tools with massage and bodywork to help move you towards optimum health by getting beneath the symptoms to discover those underlying causes.
So next time you feel those familiar symptoms coming back and don’t know why, start looking under the surface.